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Behind the scenes of LeBron's 2016 Sportsperson of the Year cover shoot
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Behind the scenes of LeBron's 2016 Sportsperson of the Year cover shoot
Monday December 12th, 2016

LeBron James is featured on this week's cover of Sports Illustrated, which honors him for being awarded 2016 Sportsperson of the Year.

The cover is accompanied by a profile of James written by SI's Lee Jenkins, as well as an explanation by SI's editors on why James was given the award in a year filled with worthy candidates.

James led the Cavaliers to their first NBA championship in 2016, fighting back from a 3–1 deficit to the Golden State Warriors to win the title and fulfill his promise to the city of Cleveland. He also became an active voice on current events and social issues, speaking out against racial inequality as well as helping campaign for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Crowning The King: LeBron James is Sports Illustrated's 2016 Sportsperson of the Year

The cover marks James's 26th time being featured on the front of Sports Illustrated. He is the athlete featured the third–most of all time, behind Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali.

James will officially be presented with the award at a ceremony in New York on Monday night.

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